Samantha Schofield was hit by a car on Nov. 15 in Marathon. CONTRIBUTED

“This is day by day, minute by minute,” said Odalis Padron, mother of Samantha Schofield, 11. Samantha is still in critical condition at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Coral Gables, but is conscious.

“I want everyone to know that I am thankful for all those who have called or texted. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can’t answer. Everybody in Marathon has been amazing, and that’s what is helping us, and Sammy, get through this,” she said.

The accident happened on the evening of Nov. 15 when the family — including twin sister Sabrina Schofield — were crossing Overseas Highway on foot with a group of people near The Hurricane.

Padron said the internal bleeding has been stopped, but Samantha is still intubated. She expects that to be removed in the next few days. Samantha suffered a broken pelvis, collarbone, arm, nose and cheekbone. She has dental issues as well. Samantha is conscious and able to answer basic questions. Doctors believe there were no brain injuries.

“We are taking baby steps,” said Padron.

Samantha’s older brother, Michael Schofield, praised friend and Councilman Luis Gonzalez, Sheriff Rick Ramsay and the rest of the first responders for quick thinking and “giving Samantha the fighting chance.”

The family is uninsured and will need the community’s support once Samantha’s health is stabilized. The Marathon Weekly will update readers as soon as possible.

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